Dogs, Tutorials

Collar Flower Bling

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My sweet Chihuahua, Rosalea
This fun little craft is from my pre baby days.  Since I went a long time without children, my dogs were my kids.  I spent a lot of time making sweaters, bling, and other things for them. I’ve always been crafty, and my dogs got a lot of that attention!  I know a lot of people thought I was nuts; my friends and coworkers.  But when you don’t have children, you find other things to occupy your time.  My poor dogs don’t get as many accessories anymore, but they still have my loving attention.

Tools:

  • Ribbon (any width would do, best would be 7/8″ to 1 1/2″, I’ve even used smaller)
  • About 3-4″ of 3/8″ width ribbon
  • Quarter, Half Dollar or Dollar coin
  • Wood Burning Tool
  • Glass working surface (I used the glass from an old picture frame, and wrapped the edges with duct tape)
  • Needle & Thread
  • Hot glue or E-6000
  • Plastic hair band (I use clear plastic bands. The tiny ones from Walmart)

This is my work surface, ignore the stains and old glue.

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Plug in your wood burning tool.  This is great on the ribbon, because it seals the edges, so they don’t fray.  I got mine at walmart for around $10.00.  Lay your quarter on your ribbon (this is the 7/8″ ribbon) and carefully burn around the quarter to make your petal.  You will make 5 petals in all.

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The white zebra petals were made with a Dollar Wood coin, the pink with a quarter.  You can use a quarter on all of the ribbon.  Just use what is handy.

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Next take your needle and thread (with a knot at the end of the thread) and stitch at the bottom of your petal, as shown above.  You will follow the same pattern with each petal, adding to the same strand of thread.

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Now you have all petals on your thread..

Pull the thread together, scrunching up your petals into a flower.  Pull it as tight as you can, and tie the two ends together, making a couple of knots in the back of the flower.  Cut off your loose ends.

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Here’s the first flower.  I like to bling mine up.

I have these cheap little Acrylic Jewels from Walmart, and Bedazzle beads.  You can get a variety pack of those at Walmart too.  You don’t need the actual Bedazzler.  I live in the boonies, so I rely on Dollar General & Walmart for a lot of my craft needs.  When I get near a Hobby Lobby or Michaels, I have to really stock up!!

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You can use your hot glue gun or E-6000 glue.  E-6000 takes longer to dry, but works great.  Hot glue is faster, and safer, but not as sturdy.  Think about safety when making these.  Do you have other dogs who may chew on the flowers?  If so, your best bet would be to remove the flower, when you are not present.  For some reason, my dogs do not chew on their, or each other’s flowers.

I used E-6000 on this, and a bedazzle bead.  There are prongs on the back, you may need to bend them in. If you have several layers of flowers, you really don’t have to worry about it.

Now I take my 3/8″ ribbon and hair band, tie the ribbon around the band in a tight knot.  Use a lighter to sear the edges of your ribbon, so it will not fray.

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Next, layer and glue.  If you want to make more than one flower layer you can.

2 layers of flowers.  This is the 1 1/2″ and 7/8″ width ribbonIMG_0383

Now, just add them to your dogs collar, or hair!

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This is my sister’s dog Jinx.
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